Faces of Death (1978)

Not Rated  |   |  Documentary  |  10 November 1978 (USA)
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A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies The common factor is death by some means.


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Mary Ellen Brighton ...
Herself - Suicide Victim
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Himself - Chief Medical Examiner Coroner


A 'mockumentary' hosted by Dr. Francis B. Gross, a coroner. He is trying to show you the different 'faces' of people while dying. There are faked scenes of people getting killed intermixed with footage of real accidents. There are executions by decapitation (in an unknown Arab country) and the electric chair. One scene shows a group of tourists in Egypt smashing a monkey's head while still alive and eating its brains. There are shots of animals eating people and Satanic orgies using dead bodies. There is a segment that deals with an alligator that accidentally entered 'residential' waters. The local warden goes in his boat to get the crocodile back into the sea when he accidentally falls over and becomes gator bait. The film ends with newsreel footage of people jumping off buildings and major accidents. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Experience the graphic reality of DEATH, close-up... See more »




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Many actors and special makeup/effects crew have come forward to try to obtain credit for their work on this film. Most of these people were not in any union at the time of filming. This is the reasoning for the brief credits which helped make the film more realistic. See more »


After the farmer chops off the roosters head, she hacks the ax back into the stump and it sticks in at a perfectly straight angle. Then it is suddenly sticking out at a horizontal angle. See more »


Dr. Francis B. Gröss: The human mind is an extremely fragile piece of machinery. When proper psychological methods are employed, the most passive can become the most aggressive.
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Exiguous scenes within this motion picture have been reconstructed to document and further clarify their their factual origin. See more »


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Music by Gene Kauer
Lyrics by Jerry Winn
Sung by Bruce Scott
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Mostly fake; you could do better
3 February 2001 | by (New Orleans, Louisiana) – See all my reviews

It's really ironic that of all the "shockumentaries" that have turned up on video in recent years the "Faces of Death" series has attracted the most attention (positive and negative), since so much of its "shocking" footage is blatantly phoney. Those with an interest in authentic death and atrocity footage would do better to check out the "Death Scenes" series (3 volumes), "Inhumanities 2" or the British documentary "Executions". (An editorial aside here, since I'm frequently asked why I watch such material: While I wouldn't say that such films are fun or enjoyable to watch, I make myself watch them occasionally to remind myself not to take the best things in life

  • or life itself, for that matter - for granted.)

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